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Stoney Stanton

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Description in 1877:
"STONEY STANTON parish in Hinckley Union and County Court District, and Sparkenhoe Hundred, has an area of 1750 acres, and in 1871 had 681 persons, living in 171 houses. Its village is on a bold rocky emminence, on the west side of the vale of the Soar, 4 1/2 miles E.N.E. of Hinckley and 10 miles S. W. by S. of Leicester; but its parish extends eastward to the Soar and the fosseway. It is famous for its basalt rocks , which afford an inexhaustible supply."
WHITE's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland. 3rd Edition," 1877

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Archives & Libraries

The Stoney Stanton Library in St. Michaels Court is a branch of the Leicester County Council Library System. It is open 4 days each week (verify by phone if you are visiting).

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Bibliography

  1. HILL G. ( ), "The Street Names of Stoney Stanton, History and Origins." Stoney Stanton Parish Council.
     
  2. STEVENS N. & HILL G. (1981), "History of Stoney Stanton, 1870 - 1975." Leicestershire Libraries & Information Service.
     
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Cemeteries

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Census

  • The parish was in the Burbage sub-district of the Hinckley Registration District.
     
  • In a 1935 re-organization, the parish was placed in the Blaby Registration District.
     
  • The 1851 Census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche. The society has also published it in print and Volume 6 covers the Burbage and Earl Shilton sub-district which includes Stoney Stanton.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 603
1861 R.G. 9 / 2259
1871 R.G. 10 / 3235
1891 R.G. 12 / 2502
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Michael.
     
  • The church was originally built in Norman times and contains an embattled western tower. It is first recorded in 1149.
     
  • The church seats 450.
     
  • Tim GLOVER has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken on a dark day in June, 2017.
     
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken on a sunny day in November, 2012.
     
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558 for baptisms and marriages and for burials from 1562.
     
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Guthlaxton (first portion).
     
  • The original records are held at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland.
     
  • The Congregationalist chapel was built in 1868.
     
  • The Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built in 1886.
     
  • Eirian EVANS has a photograph of the Methodist church, Stoney Stanton on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Burbage sub-district of the Hinckley Registration District.
     
  • In a 1935 re-organization, the parish was placed in the Blaby Registration District.
     
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Description & Travel

Stoney Stanton is a village and a parish 98 miles north of London, 10 miles southwest of Leicester city and 4 miles east of Hinckley. The parish covers 1,550 acres.

The land around the village has been mostly pasture for centuries. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B4114 south out of Leicester city. Turn right at the junction with the B581 and follow that road less than a mile to Stoney Stanton.
     
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017. Stop in when the Hall is open and ask to see the schedule of forth-coming events.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
     
You can see pictures of Stoney Stanton which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Stoney Stanton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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History

  • Stoney Stanton was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Stantone" or "stoney place." The Book records 14 families here.
     
  • In 1348, the Black Death hit Stanton and surrounding places.
     
  • There were a number of granite quarries within the parish and in neighborhing locations. Some of these date back to Roman usage.
     
  • Framework knitting of hosiery was a common occupation in the 1800s.
     
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Francis Arms Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017.
     
  • J. THOMAS also has a photograph of the Star Inn on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017.
     
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP489948 (Lat/Lon: 52.548801, -1.279907), Stoney Stanton which are provided by:

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Military History

The Stoney Stanton War Memorial cross, erected in 1921, stands just outside the church tower in the churchyard. It lists the names of all who died in both World Wars.

Eirian EVANS has a photograph of the Stoney Stanton church tower with the white memorial cross in front on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.

The Stoney Stanton Playing Fields is a living war memorial set up to continually encourage and support local people to actively use the freedoms.

The parish is very proud of its two World War Memorial Benches alongside the green. These new benches replace an older pair of stone benches which have been repurpused in the park.

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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicester county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
     
  • The parish lies in the Sparkenhoe Hundred in the western division of the county.
     
  • In 1885, a detached part of this parish called "Spinner's Meadow" was amalgamated with Earl Shilton parish.
     
  • You can contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they will NOT do family history lookups for you.
     
  • The Parish Council publishes periodic newsletters and keeps about two years-worth online. You will need Acrobat Reader to read the Portable Document Files.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Hinckley Poorlaw Union.
     
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Market Bosworth petty session hearings.
     
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Population

Year Inhabitants
1831 533
1841 663
1851 751
1871 681
1881 993
1891 1,220
1901 1,515
1911 1,539
1921 1,507
1931 1,560
1951 1,430
1961 1,341
1971 2,639
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Schools

  • The Public Elementary School was built in 1884 to hold up to 244 children.
     
  • An Infants' School was built in 1906 to hold up to 150 children.